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Bramshaw junior golf team (from left): Anthony Sweeney, Elliot Thomas, Ryan Archer, Danny Coombs, Ciaran Simpkin, Joe Buenfeld (c), Billy Lightfoot and Jake Barney.
Bramshaw junior golf team (from left): Anthony Sweeney, Elliot Thomas, Ryan Archer, Danny Coombs, Ciaran Simpkin, Joe Buenfeld (c), Billy Lightfoot and Jake Barney.

BRAMSHAW junior golfers narrowly missed out on the Home Nations final but finished strong to take fifth in Portugal.

After winning the Hampshire Junior League, the Bramshaw Juniors successfully competed in the regional final, England semi-final and national final to book a place in the Home Nations Championships along with seven other teams from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Leading up to the event, the club held a fundraiser to help the juniors on their quest to become champions. A visit from impressionist Mike Osman – well known for his renditions of Boris Johnson and Donald Trump – provided the club with a highly successful and enjoyable evening.

The evening included a beautiful meal, followed by a raffle with prizes including tickets to the final day of the BMW PGA Championship, a case of wine and a £50 John Lewis voucher.

The night ended with Osman hosting an auction with items donated from several generous donators including Osman himself and R&M Electrical.

Overall the evening raised a stunning £4,500, an impressive achievement which was appreciated by the junior team.

Following a practice round on the Alamos and Morgado courses, four days of intense competition saw the Bramshaw juniors miss out on the final by the narrowest of margins.

A loss to the Pyle & Kenfig Team (Wales) by 3.5-2.5 meant that Bramshaw needed to win big in their match against Cruden Bay (Scotland).

Despite a 3.5-2.5 victory, it was not enough to put them back in contention for first place in their group.

A draw against North Allerton in the final group match meant they finished third in the group and competing for fifth/sixth place in the tournament.

The final day of the tournament saw Bramshaw taking on Haggs Castle (Scotland), and the young Bramshaw players produced some of their best golf of the week to win the match comprehensively 4.5-1.5 and secure fifth place.

So Bramshaw may be a little disappointed to finish fifth, but after being national champions for the second time in three years and being crowned Home Nations champions in 2018, it has been a very successful period for the Bramshaw juniors team, and they can hold their heads up high.

It has been a long journey starting in April 2019, culminating in the championship final in February 2020. Furthermore, in less than two months, Bramshaw start all over again in a bid to win the junior event in 2021.



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